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It’s been a while…
October 12, 2009, 3:39 pm
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It’s been a while since some kind of post. I have realized that there are a hundred million really good blogs out there on the fire service and they have gained my attention. Not to mention there is only so much to report on and post to “training” from my pee-brain.

Anyhow, there have been a rash of deadly fires in our area(F-dub proper)…3 to count in the last 6 months. 2 in OCW’s first due and one in ours(FWBFD). What is going on?! some have asked. It is unusual for our small town area to have such a rash in a short time span. Death via fire does happen in our area( as well as rescue from that fire), just not often. Unfortunately in all 3 cases there was no possible way the fire service could have helped those people. Crews acted and arrived on scene fast (on scene within 3 minutes of alarm). It wasn’t lack of ability, training, equipment, manning? maybe but in these cases there was enough people to attempt a rescue if possible. I hear the term “risk vs benefit” all the time and even in these cases there was no risk…because we didn’t have the time… I believe after talking to those involved and being there for one of them that time was not on the fire services’ side in these circumstances. In all of these cases the lack of timely call (a significant delay) to 911 was common. I believe if we would have been called sooner, a minute or two, would have made the difference…The call is that important. Seconds do count when they add up to minutes which are what makes or brakes a “grab”. So let us be vigilant on our training, preparedness to respond to the call, & fortitude to “make the push”. It is our part as professionals (vol or career) to give the public of whom we serve that benefit, it is what they expect and rightfully so! Fire prevention month is upon us…let’s not forget to tell our community how important it is to call us and call us fast!

9-1-1 save lives

Stay safe and live ready!
DJ Stone

What about MRSA?!
May 6, 2009, 3:37 pm
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With all the talk of swine flu lately 1st responders tend to forget the other infectious foe…

Yes what about MRSA? After reading a story in the latest International Firefighter magazine, I come across a interesting passage in an article about “The hidden dangers of infectious disease”.

The qoute said…” In Tuscon Az., tests by Reynolds(One of the researchers at the University of Arizona doing the MRSA study) in 2008 proved that firefighters were surrounded by MRSA. Researchers took 200 samples from nine Firehouses and the one item most covered in MRSA bacteria turned out to be a bit surprising…couches!

Thats because fabric traps bacteria, says Reynolds. Vinyl couches are more practical because bacteria can’t settle into vinyl like it settles into a porous, fabric surface, and vinyl is easier to clean.

Desks and classroom equipment were also covered in bacteria. Reynolds detected MRSA on 7% of ALL surfaces within the Fire Stations—more than double the amount she discovered after similar tests in hospitals, where 3% of surfaces had MRSA(WOW!). 7% is higher than we see in other environments Reynolds notes.”

(Reynolds is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona and co-auther of a study to be released later this year on the prevalence of MRSA in Tuscon Fire Stations)

With that being said let us not grow weary of keeping our houses clean, lest we forget our silent enemy lurking in the couch…MRSA!!!


Now go take a bath dirtball!

Two Okaloosa Deputy line of duty deaths
April 26, 2009, 6:01 pm
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It is with deepest sorrow to announce the passing of two local Okaloosa County Deputy Sheriffs. 45-year old Deputy Burt Lopez and 45-year old Deputy Warren “Skip” York were shot at the Shoal River Clay Sporting Gun Range east of Crestview shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday.


RIP Warren “Skip” York


RIP Burt Lopez


Houston FD mourns the loss of 2 brothers
April 13, 2009, 7:11 pm
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Local 341

Easter Sunday proved to be a tragic one for Houston Fire this 2009. Two bros from HFD did not make it home last shift. Tragically both men perished in a house fire that day. It is a sad day indeed…

March 31, 2009, 9:33 am
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“This is not a hobby.” — Jay Lowry, editor,,,

Short but to the point. Although I periodically think we do have the funnest job on the planet…


Forced entry?
March 19, 2009, 8:44 pm
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No tools necessary….

“Fireman carry”
March 18, 2009, 7:28 pm
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